Tradition of Success at Edgewood College

 
The Eagle Baseball Program takes pride in being the only 4-year college baseball program in the Madison area. The Eagles recruit student-athletes from all over the Country, as Madison is an amazing place to be a college student-athlete. There is no shortage of social activities in Madison and the community values learning, academic achievement and athletic excellence.

The Eagles have enjoyed both team and individual successes. The Eagles have been in the post-season 18 of the last 25 years and over 135 Eagles have earned conference, regional and national honors in the last 15 years.

The same level of success has been the expectation in the classroom. The Edgewood College Baseball Program has had over 200 conference scholar-athletes in the last 19 years!

Every member of the Eagle Baseball Team takes pride in executing the fundamentals of the game. This same pride carries over to all of our Baseball Camps. This is the reason our camper to instructor ratio is so low, why each player attending an Eagle Baseball Camp gets a lot of individual work and, why players and parents love our camps!

What are past campers saying:

"The clinic last night was terrific! I filled 11 pages of school notebook pages with notes. Thank you for all the help. Thanks again for the great clinic. We practice tonight, and I can't wait to use what I've learned."

"My husband recently observed one of your camps and was really pleased and impressed by what he saw. He said it was by far the best camp our son has participated in! Thanks for all you do in the community for the kids that are interested in baseball!"

"...we have sent out son to a number of college and private camps. The Eagle Baseball Camps are simply the best we have attended. Instruction was fantastic and I couldn't believe the attention each attendee received. Thank you!"

“Thanks Coach! I learned so much at camp. It was a blast. Tell the guys thank you from me. They were great!”

Al Brisack

Head Coach

 

Coach Brisack concluded his 20th year as the Edgewood College skipper after the 2019 season. Brisack, the winningest coach in Edgewood College history, has won three conference titles, taken the Eagles to two NCAA Division III National Tournaments, and finished one game from the World Series in 2005. The Eagles have reached the postseason 12 times under Brisack’s leadership.

 

Since taking over the helm in 2000, Brisack has coached 113 All-Conference performers; including back-to-back Player of the Year recipients Travis Krahn and John Fish and Conference Rookie of the Year recipients Travis Krahn and Alex Berta. The Eagles had a league best seven All-Conference members in 2005. 18 players have garnered All-Region recognition with Zack Creekmore earning All-American honors.

 

193 Eagle Baseball Players have earned Conference Scholar-Athlete awards during Brisack’s guidance.  Nine of those players have earned Academic All-District recognition with Jake Zadra and Andrew Handorf each earning Academic All-American honors twice.

 

Brisack can be credited with building the Edgewood College baseball team into a Midwest Region contender — a program that played its first season in 1993. “We have built the Eagle Baseball Team on a total commitment to developing the fullest potential of each young man in the program – developing their potential in academics, in character and in baseball. Our success as a team will always be determined by the character of the individuals in the program and their belief in common principles and goals. On the field, we want our players to play like this could be their last day of baseball and to take pride in their preparation, fundamentals and execution. Off the field, we want them to be grateful for what they have and strive to WIN every day in their academic, social and athletic pursuits.”

 

Loving to teach the game, Brisack has had success at every level he has coached. As head coach at St. Bernard High School in Eureka, Calif., Brisack compiled a 156-50 record. He coached St. Bernard to five league titles from 1992 to 1999, 7 sectional appearances, two sectional titles, 6 California top 10 rankings, and was named the ABCA National High School Coach of the Year in 1998 after leading his team to a 27-3 overall record and a No. 1 ranking in the state polls.

 

From 1996 to 1999, Brisack served as a Coach of the Humboldt (Calif.) Crabs Collegiate Baseball Program, the winningest and oldest such club in the country. In addition to the on-field duties, he directed the Humboldt Crab’s Baseball Camps and assisted in the recruitment of the top collegiate players in the Country. Brisack is a member of the Crabs Hall of Fame as a member of the 1990 team and coach with the 1998 team.

 

In addition to his duties with Edgewood’s baseball program, Brisack was named Athletic Director at the College on July 6, 2006.

 

Coach Brisack is married to wife Michele. The couple has been blessed with two beautiful children.

 

 

 

Ryan O’Dell

Assistant Coach

 

After playing for the Eagles four seasons (2011-14), Coach O’Dell returns for his fifth season on the Eagles coaching staff and third as the Eagles recruiting coordinator.  Along with recruiting tasks, Coach O’Dell will serve as the Eagles hitting coach, while also working with outfielders and first-basemen for the upcoming 2019 season.

 

During his playing career, O’Dell set the career record for games played (154), and as of 2018 is in the top-10 of nine all-time offensive categories.  His honors include the Eagles Most Valuable Hitter award and the prestigious Eagle Award.  He was also a member of the NACC All-Freshmen team.  Respected by his teammates and coaches as a student of the game and great teammate, it is natural that Ryan is now on the Eagle Baseball staff.

 

Coach O’Dell has coaching experience includes the high school and club baseball levels, for his alma mater, St. Charles East (St. Charles, Ill.). In addition, he has worked a number of youth camps in Illinois and Wisconsin.

 

O’Dell graduated with a BA in Broad-field Social Studies teaching Secondary Education (‘15) and a MA in Educational Leadership (’17).  Originally from the Chicago Suburbs, Coach O’Dell currently resides in the Madison area with his fiancée, Kristina.

 

“Edgewood College is truly a unique place where you don’t have to sacrifice location for a more personal education.  Our Eagle “family” and location of Madison, WI offers the perfect combination of the two.  Being an alum of Edgewood College and our Eagle Baseball program, I take pride in being able to help all current and future Eagles find success.”

 

 

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